November 7, 2018
Nearly 5 years ago, I opened my acceptance letter to Loyola University Maryland. It was a cold March day, and I remember standing dumbfounded as I had been accepted to the school of my dreams. I looked forward to beginning this journey, but the prospect of deciding what I wanted to do for the rest of my life was daunting. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I considered becoming an accountant, like my dad and uncle, and I enjoyed my high school psychology class. I thought the latter was more interesting, so I decided to give it a try. Ever since my first class on campus, I knew I made the right choice.
October 5, 2018
by Kelly Deegan, '20, B.A. in Psychology with minors in Forensic Studies & Political Science
Starting at Loyola, I knew two things that have always seemed to contradict each other. First, I wanted to be a psychology major. Second, I didn’t want to be a therapist. Clinical psychology has never been a true interest of mine, but research always has been. I was thrilled to discover I could combine my interest in psychology with my passion for research and pursue a career as a research psychologist. There was one problem though, I had no idea where to start. All opportunities that readily came to my mind had to do with clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or psychiatry. For internships and real-life experience, students interested in those fields can intern at hospitals or rehabilitation centers, shadow a clinician or doctor, work in a therapist’s office, and so much more. In terms of research experience as an undergraduate, I didn’t know where to begin. So, I started by talking to my advisor.
September 28, 2018
by Jueta B. McCutchan, Psy.D., '14
Loyola gave me the confidence in the education that I received, which is important as I returned to American Samoa (no, not San Juan nor Somalia), one of only two clinical psychologists on island. I served as clinical supervisor for the Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD) where I provided in-services for staff, helping to build capacity amongst my own Samoan people on topics that included working with children with sexual behavioral problems and motivational interviewing to working with LGBT communities.
September 19, 2018
By Carolyn Barry, Ph.D., Dept Chair and Professor of Psychology
Back in the winter of 2001 when I applied to work at Loyola, I spent a day writing an essay about how my teaching, research, and service experiences would connect to the Jesuit, Catholic mission of Loyola. I poured over stacks of college brochures and catalogues to learn about Loyola. By the end of that day I was convinced that Loyola was my dream job, and was delighted to be offered a tenure-track position a few weeks later. Although much has changed over my years in Loyola’s Psychology Department (students, colleagues, campus buildings, types of crackers offered with coveted crab dip at university functions, etc.), Loyola’s emphasis on high-quality teaching, close faculty-student mentorship, care for the whole person, and promotion to social justice through the Jesuit tradition has only deepened over time, from my vantage point.
August 10, 2018
Through the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC), psychology students in the master’s and doctoral program are able to hone their skills while providing services to those who couldn’t typically afford it.
At the LCC, adults can receive testing for learning disabilities, attentional difficulties, or neuropsychological issues, as well as psychotherapy as an individual, group, couple, or family. Kids can also receive testing, individual or family treatments, or participate in a social skills group, too.
July 27, 2018
by Mellisha Bedminster, '11, Psy.D. '18 I fell in love with psychology at Loyola as an undergraduate student. I enrolled with the full intention of becoming a medical doctor and quickly realized my passion for the helping profession aligned with psychology much more than it did with medicine. When I decided to earn my doctorate in psychology, I knew I wanted Loyola to be the place where I developed the skills to be a doctoral level clinician. After obtaining my Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, I returned home. That’s what Loyola has become for me—a home away from home. As I prepared for my return, I was surprised to learn that I would be coming back with an extra piece of baggage. I would begin Loyola’s Psy.D. program about eight months pregnant. Confused and concerned about my plans to embark upon my doctoral journey, I informed the program of my pregnancy. I knew I made the right choice to return to Loyola when I spoke with Dr. Lyons about my situation and her sole interest was to support me in whichever decision I made regarding motherhood and completing the program. That support continued throughout my tenure as a Psy.D. student at Loyola.
July 10, 2018
Loyola Doctorate of Psychology alum, Catherine Ruscitti, Psy.D., was featured on 2 Houston to discuss how individuals can stop obsessing over food and their weight. In discussing strategies for dealing with negative self talk of a friend Ruscitti recommends gently pointing out the harshness of the statement, "Almost kind of joke back and say ‘don't talk about my friend like that."
June 29, 2018
I’ve lived in 10 states all across America. As a kid, we moved around a lot, and I kept on moving once I was out on my own…that is, until I came to Loyola.
When I came to school here, I fell in love with Loyola, I fell in love with Baltimore, and that worked out perfectly because I also fell in love with my husband, who is from here.
June 18, 2018
At the conclusion of yet another academic year at Loyola, the Psychology Department had the pleasure of recognizing several of our students across programs for their outstanding contributions.
June 11, 2018
by Michiko Iwaski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Every year, 8-10 students join my research lab to work on a number of projects outside the classroom. Graduate and undergraduate students work together in groups allowing students to exercise teamwork, leadership, and supervisory skills, while I mentor them. Our work can be extremely challenging, but through camaraderie and good humor, we work well together.